WAN Awards

FRIDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2014

SEARCH   
 
 
WAN Mobile
 
WAN Mobile
Previous Next
 
The Wyckoff Exchange, Brooklyn, United States 
Friday 03 Dec 2010
 
Adaptive fashion 
 
 
 
Your comments on this project

No. of Comments: 0

Add comments | More comments

Be the first to comment
 

AKA transforms abandoned warehouse in Brooklyn with practical folding facade 

Scheduled to open in winter 2010, the 10,000 sq ft Wyckoff Exchange will accommodate a live music and performance venue as well as an organic market and a boutique wine shop, all in a long-vacant warehouse in the heart of a vital and rapidly changing area of the city. Manhattan based firm Andre Kikoski Architect (AKA) has created a practical concertina façade for the Exchange, solidifying its identity in the local community. The venue will be renamed Radio Bushwick, with interiors also by AKA.  

"We wanted to create an iconic building to speak to Bushwick's up-and-coming status as a centre of art and creative energy," says Kikoski, "so we devised a unique aesthetic that's dramatic, inventive, and inspired by the neighbourhood's industrial past.  With state-of-the-art technologies and construction techniques, we were able to realise this 100 ft long, 18 ft tall façade in only 2 inches of depth."

The design solution for the building exterior relies upon motorised door technology adapted from airplane hangars and factory buildings. The five pairs of moving façade panels create an ever-changing expression of function and tectonics. By day the panels fold up to create awnings for the stores and to shelter pedestrians; by night, they secure the shops behind them, while an abstract gradient of laser-cut perforations over semi-concealed LED lights makes the panels appear to glow from within.

"We chose materials for this façade that are both industrial and artistic," explains Kikoski. "Our use of two restrained materials references the urban textures, surfaces, and character of the neighbourhood. The surface quality of the raw, unfinished COR-TEN steel is elegantly transformed into a Rothko-like canvas by the setting sun, and the shimmering layer of perforated factory-grade stainless steel just two inches behind it forms a perfect complement."

 

Key Facts

Status Completed
Value 0(m€)
Were you involved in this scheme?
Andre Kikoski Architect
www.akarch.com

More projects by this architect

Andre Kikoski Architect

Interiors Residential Tower at Museum for African Art

The Wright, New York

 
Vola
ECOWAN
 

Click here to view the NEWS IN PICTURES tablet site